Thursday, 19 November 2009

Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Publisher: DUTTON JUVENILE, Penguin US
Pub. Date: April 16th 2009
Age Range: Young adult
Pages: 192
Format: hardcover
Source Of Copy: from publisher - Penguin US

Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy-and authenticity-of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.

I cannot put it into words how much I want a sibling after reading Peace, Love & Baby Ducks. This adorable, honest and touching book will make you realize how lucky you are to have a sister/brother in your life. In fact, if you're desperately looking for a present for Sisters' Day, this could be the one.

It's been such a while since I read stories on family love, so Peace, Love & Baby Ducks really brings the emotions that have been missing in a while. Carly and Anna, two quite different girls - one is was strong, dares to be outstanding and athletic while the other pretty, shy and always wants to get rid of the little sister label. Despite that they've been tight and happy together. This year, though, when Carly returns from a camp at the farm, the differences and changes start to get into the girls. And then the story begins.

Although it's sure not to be the impressive or mind-blowing kind, Lauren Myracle's writing is still lovely, in fact, just as adorable as her characters and the plotline in Peace, Love & Baby Ducks. It's light-hearted and close to heart. All the time I read this book I just want to cuddle next to my favorite cousin or hug her. It brings this warmth of family love to your heart and everything is just delightful even though the characters are in conflict. This is the book you will adore, and have to adore. You know, there are books that make you feel still and lost in the moment, but there are also ones that urge you to look into the bright and happy future. Peace, Love & Baby Ducks belongs to the latter kind.

Carly and Anna are so cute. Their sisterly love makes me really envious. Most of the time Carly appears very immature, especially her blind love towards that bad guy (what's his name again?) but to Anna she's still very protective and that's sweet. I so love the premise of the confusion between the sisters. It's so real. Sometimes you want to surpass your sibling so much it causes chains of troubles, even gets to the point of breaking your relationship. Oh and did I mention the baby ducks? REAL baby ducks. Their appearance are almost unexpected, but of course, unique.

I suggest you pick this book up right now. And read it with your sister, if possible.

Rating: 4/5


Diana Dang said...

Great review! Sounds like a sweet novel, although not exactly what I would usually pick up. I will consider now!

debbie said...

I like ducks ..=))

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